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Looking forward to work with new ISI chief: Pentagon

March 14, 2012 08:17 IST

The United States is looking forward to work with the new head of Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan, Pentagon said, noting the US-Pak relationship is critical for the region and Afghanistan.

"We look forward to working with the new chief," the Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain John Kirby, said on Wednesday, when asked about announcement of the new ISI Chief.

On March 18, Lieutenant Gen Zaheer ul-Islam would replace Lieutenant Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha as the new ISI chief. Under Pasha, Americas relationship with Pak's top spy agency had hit a new low.

"We look forward to having a good partnership with Pakistan moving forward. That's what our focus is on. We believe it is critical for the region and for the mission in Afghanistan," Kirby said.

However, he said that the US has nothing to say on the appointment and the decision.

 "This is the decision that the civilian leadership of the nation of Pakistan get to make. It is not for us to make the comment one way or the other their appointments to high office," said the Pentagon spokesman.
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